If the World Rugby team votes for a revolutionary change to the eligibility rules later this month, international players will be able to switch nationalities. Under the new proposal, players will be able to represent themselves or the country in which their ancestors were born after a three-year ban. Rugby Fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.

Malakai Fekitoa (New Zealand to Tonga) and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (New Zealand to Samoa)
Malakai Fekitoa (New Zealand to Tonga) and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (New Zealand to Samoa)

The World Rugby Council will discuss these proposals at its next meeting on 24 November, and a 75% majority, 39 out of 52 votes, is required to pass the ruling.

#1. Malakai Fekitoa (New Zealand to Tonga)

Current No. of caps: 41

Age at the start of RWC 2023: 32

Did you know: He played 24 times for the All Blacks between 2014 and 2017.

Capitulated 24 times by New Zealand, Fekitoa used loopholes in the qualifying rules to qualify for Tonga by playing rugby sevens in the Summer Olympic qualifiers.

#2. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (New Zealand to Samoa)

Current No. of caps: 1

Age at the beginning of 2023 RWC: 32

Did you know: He won 24 times Caps for the All Blacks between 2014 and 2017

The All Blacks are exploring the possibility of extending his 12-minute international career, which ended in 2018 when he decided to move to England and join the Hornets, where he recently spent half a century of playing time. Toomaga-Allen’s hopes to represent Samoa through his mother’s family, subject to the World Rugby Union vote to change international qualifying rules later this month.

#3. Mako Vunipola (England to Tonga)

Current No. of caps: 70

Age at the beginning of 2023 RWC: 32

Did you know? Vunipola and his partner welcomed a son, Jacob, in 2018.

He is the son of former Tonga captain Fe’ao Vunipola, the Wellington, New Zealand-born free agent who is eligible to play for Tonga.

The gag said: “When I was in England I was proud to be British, but it was Tongan who understood my tradition. Do my best and help as much as I can; not only Tonga but islands, I know.

“Of course I want to play for them, but it’s hard because it’s not fair to the people on the island; see myself as an old man who comes in and seizes this opportunity of theirs.

“This is really a 22nd rule. You want to see people who are not tied to one (country) and be able to represent these countries – they will benefit from it – but you also want the locals to have the opportunity to do them. A better life, they work for their country and get contracts abroad.” Rugby Fans can buy France Rugby World Cup Tickets from our website.

 Mako Vunipola (England to Tonga) and Charles Piutau (New Zealand to Tonga)
Mako Vunipola (England to Tonga) and Charles Piutau (New Zealand to Tonga)

#4 Charles Piutau (New Zealand to Tonga)

Current No. of caps: 20

Age at the beginning of 2023 RWC: 32

Did you know? He is the younger brother of Tongan center Siale Piutau who has played 42 times.

Piutau started his career with the Tonga U20 team. The last time he played for the All Blacks was in July 2015, when he was banned from the World Cup squad and his move to Europe basically ended his stay with Steve Hansen’s men’s chance of being recalled.

“My favorite is to represent Tonga in the next World Cup,” Piutau, who is supported by the Pacific Rugby Players Welfare (PPRW), told the Press Association of Sports.

“I have previously expressed my wish to do this, but so far there is no news whether this is feasible.

“It goes without advice on changing the ruling and I hope it can still happen, but obviously the longer, the less likely it is.”

#5. Taqele Naiyaravoro (Australia to Fiji)

In an interview with Nik Simon of the Daily Mail, the Northampton Saints international winger stated that he will play “100%” for Fiji.

I’m 28 years old and still having the best years, so the chance to play for Fiji will be a dream come true,” he told Sportsmail.

“I don’t regret playing for Australia. I was very young when the opportunity presented itself, so I went for it.

“But Fiji has always been in my heart. That’s where I was born. When I left Fiji for Australia, my dream was to play for Fiji. If given this opportunity, I would give 100% to Fiji.

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